When Planning for Retirement, Consider Transportation

[ Sam Hodgson for The New York Times ]

Roland and Rosemarie Dion live on the eastern edge of San Diego, and have begun planning for a carless future. They have considered moving, but have not yet made any concrete decisions. (Photo: Sam Hodgson for The New York Times)

By Harriet Edleson
The New York Times—October 20, 2014

For Roland Dion, 81, who lives on the eastern edge of San Diego, being isolated in a place where the car rules is all too real a possibility.

“Out here, it’s cars,” Mr. Dion said. “Cars, cars, cars, cars.” Doctor appointments, grocery shopping, movie theaters, even reaching the beach from where the Dions live all require a car. “If you don’t have a car, you’re stranded,” said Mr. Dion, a retired marriage and family therapist. He and his wife, a master weaver, moved to California 38 years ago from Connecticut.

While he still drives 16 miles — on three freeways — to writers group meetings, he has decided the time has come to plan for a carless future.

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